Toss It Tuesday this week is BB Creams and Tinted Moisturisers. They are a handy little product to have in your make-up bag, easy to apply, and usually contain an SPF. If you're short on time or in a pinch, or just want something light to wear whilst running errands, it's usually what you reach for.

While most brands focus on the anti-ageing, or handful of botanical ingredients in their product, in truth, many of these products contain harmful and toxic ingredients. Here's a quick look at what you'll find in almost every single (mainstream) BB Cream or Tinted Moisturiser. 

- Octinoxate

Octinoxate, also called Octyl methoxycinnamate or (OMC), is a UV filter. You will find this in most products with any SPF rating. Octinoxate has been detected in human urine, blood and breast milk, which indicates that humans are systemically exposed to this compound. Octinoxate is an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen and can disrupt thyroid function.

Also known as - o methoxycinnamate (OMC), parsol, parsol MCX, parsol MOX, escalol, 2-ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate

- Mineral Oil

Sounds pretty natural, right? Mineral Oil is petroleum by-product, a yucky ingredient that clogs pores, suffocates skin (a bit like putting cling wrap over the skin - this also prevents your skin from functioning as it should and being able to breathe, and process impurities) and has contamination concerns with carcinogenic chemicals. Also known as paraffin or paraffin oil.

- Polysorbates

Petroleum by-product. Contamination concerns with Ethylene Oxide (known human carcinogen) and 1,4 Dioxane (shown to contaminate up to 46% of cosmetics, strong evidence as a human carcinogen)

- Propylene Glycol (PEGs)

This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. Being a petroleum by-product, PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

- Phenoxyenthanol

A common cosmetic preservative. Endocrine (hormone) disruptor. Linked to skin irritation, contact dermatitis, also linked to adverse brain and nervous system affects in animal studies.

- Parfum/Fragrance

Irritant, allergen, hormone disruption. Can be a synthetic chemical cocktail of up to 3000 ingredients.

- Parabens

Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies.

As always, my favourite natural and organic BB Cream and Tinted Moisturiser recommendations are below!

Lily Lolo BB Cream
Australia / Australia (Ships worldwide)

Available in 3 shades.

This is my favourite natural BB Cream, as it is so lightweight on the skin, effortless, and leaves the skin with a radiant, dewy finish. The Lily Lolo BB Cream minimises the appearance of pores, evens the skin tone whilst providing light coverage. Most days this, plus a little concealer is all I need for a perfected base that lasts all day. This also doubles as a primer and provides additional coverage underneath a cream or powder foundation.

La Mav Organic BB Creme
Australia (ships worldwide)

Available in one shade.

This is another favourite of mine, only coming second to the Lily Lolo for me personally due to my preference for a dewy finish. The self-adjusting shade is perfect for light - medium, medium to tan skin tones, provides a medium coverage and satin finish. Again this is amazing to use underneath a powder foundation. Packed with anti-ageing ingredients, this also contains a natural sunscreen. The La Mav BB Creme evens the skin tone, and you can get away without a concealer. 

Madara Tinting Fluid
Australia / Australia (ships worldwide)

Available in two shades.

This is a lightweight, tinted moisturiser, that hydrates whilst providing light coverage and a radiant finish. The Madara Tinting Fluid evens the skin tone, blurring imperfections and fine lines, and it perfect for those days when you just want some light coverage and a healthy glow!

Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream (SPF 30)
Australia (ships worldwide) / USA

If you prefer SPF with your tinted moisturiser, the Josh Rosebrook Tinted Nutrient Day Cream is a rich daily moisturiser, with natural sunblock and light coverage to even the skin tone. This also doubles as a primer, and with a range of highly potent botanicals, helps treat blemishes, redness, balances oil production, soothes, strengthens and repairs the skin. 

100% Pure BB Cream with SPF
Australia (FREE shipping worldwide)

Available in 3 shades

With an SPF rating of 25, the 100% Pure BB Cream provides medium to full coverage, with light reflective pigments to blur imperfections and leave you with a glowing, radiant complexion. The formula is non-comedogenic, 100% non-toxic as always and is a mineral sunscreen (vs a chemical sunscreen), and is rich in antioxidants and anti-ageing properties.

ILIA Radiant Beauty Balm SPF20
USA (FREE shipping worldwide)

Available in one shade.

With an SPF20, the ILIA BB Cream evens the skin tone, provides light coverage and doubles as a primer! Light reflective pigments blur imperfections, whilst botanicals hydrate, calm and soothe the skin, combats free radicals and gives you lasting mineral sun protection. ILIA also have a Tinted Moisturiser SPF20 that I love, which is available in a range of shades and provides a beautiful light coverage and lasting hydration for a glowing, luminous complexion.

Kelsey xx
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